Home to the first US Icelandic population, Spanish Fork, UT is a unique and diverse community nestled between the Wasatch Range and Utah Lake. They are also a community with a rapidly growing STD/HIV problem.
During the five years from 2014 to 2018, Utah County and Spanish Fork saw an upswing in the prevalence rates for all of these diseases that met or surpassed that of the state as a whole. In fact, its HIV prevalence rate grew at a rate more than six times that of the state of Utah.
Utah averaged a 4.5% rise in its HIV prevalence rate yet Utah County and Spanish Fork realized a whopping 27.8% increase. While this increase only represents 9 cases, from 33 in 2014 to 42 in 2018, it is still indicative of a larger issue.
The rate of STD growth during this same period held constant with that of the state at roughly a 16% increase.
According to the STD Surveillance report published by the Utah Department of Health in December of 2018, the “2017 rates of chlamydia, gonorrhea, and P&S [syphilis] all represent 10-year highs.”
While Spanish Fork itself may not have any clinics that offer STD testing, there are a number of them in nearby communities like Provo, Orem, and Springville. These include Canyon View Medical Group’s Springville Clinic, Planned Parenthood’s Utah Valley Health Center in Orem, and the Utah County Health Department on University Avenue in Provo.
Make sure that if you are looking for free STD testing you know exactly what that entails. These types of services are often free but not comprehensive. Moreover, they may not offer a doctor consultation or they might charge a fee for this service.